Recipes - Father Christmas Cake


225 gms plain flour

225 gms butter

225 gms soft brown sugar (rich dark.  If sugar is hard, powder it in the mixer)

4 eggs

15 ml Lyle’s golden syrup

45 ml dark rum

225 gms currants

225 gms sultanas

225 gms stoned raisins chopped

100 gms candied peel chopped

100 gms glace cherries quartered

50 gms blanched almonds chopped

2.5 ml bicarbonate of soda

5 ml ground nutmeg

10 ml mixed spice



Mix all the dry fruits in a bowl and soak them in the rum for about 4 to 5 days.


Cream the butter and sugar until light. Add the eggs one at a time along with a spoonful of flour each time and beat them well. Stir in the syrup with another spoonful of flour.  Then fold in remaining flour sifted with bicarbonate of soda and spices.  Stir in soaked fruit mixture.  Mix thoroughly.


Grease and line a deep 20 cm cake tin with double greaseproof paper. Pour the mixture into the greased tin and bake for 3 ½ hours covering with paper after 2 hours. Bake 1 hour at 3250 F and later at 2750 F.


Then decorate with almond paste and royal icing.

Comment on this article

  • Wilma, Muscat

    Wed, Nov 17 2021

    I want to try this recipe. I am al little confused about the baking instructions. Could you please tell me how many hrs on what temperature. Because total 3 n 1/2 hrs but it's nt clear how many hrs on what setting of temperature. Thank u in advance.

  • Beatrice Lewis, Mangalore/ Canada

    Tue, Dec 30 2014

    Love this recipe have been preparing this cake every year, all my family and friends enjoy it. Thank you Genevive

  • joyce, Toronto, Canada

    Thu, Dec 04 2014

    This is for all those who have never baked a Fruit Cake. This foolproof recipe will make you want to bake this cake every Christmas.

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